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Open source barred from Australian government

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Government was once the great hope for open source but it will continue to diminish due to a lack of support according to the CIO's of Australia's largest government agencies.

A study released today called The Australian Open Source Industry and Community Report 2008 claims that the use of open source software is on the rise. No longer a "cottage industry", businesses spend over AU$500 million a year on open source.

The report, which National ICT Australia (NICTA) has thrown its support behind, claims the argument that open source is not well-supported is a "misconception".

But according to the CIO's of Australia's three largest government departments -- Defence, the Australian Tax Office and Centrelink -- support is a very real concern -- the central reason why more open source is not widely used in government.

"For our really big core stuff, we really need the support we get. We buy the support, so we're not likely to see massive open source right through the place," he told ZDnet.com.au.

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